Logan Airport To Be Test Site For New TSA Procedures

BOSTON (CBS) — Boston’s Logan Airport is expected to be a test site for new TSA security measures soon.

According to the Wall Street Journal, two changes could be coming.

The TSA is working to create a new screening line for all food and for any electronic devices larger than a cell phone. The Journal reported this would take place in standard screening lines, not pre-checked lines.

Also, a laptop ban on all flights entering the United States from Europe could also be put in place.

On Tuesday, DHS officials held a meeting with staff and European counterparts concerning such a procedure.

According to Dave Lapan, a DHS spokesman, the meeting included “information sharing” and “alignment of technical standards,” meaning the ban could be instated soon. He added that the final decision will come down to DHS Secretary John Kelly.

Officials said other locations may eventually be included as well.

The exact time frame in which the ban will be implemented is not clear. The DHS has no further meetings schedule to discuss the idea.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the changes have not been finalized and will be set in place after the summer travel rush.

The TSA released a statement saying:

“As part of our counter-terrorism efforts, TSA continuously enhances and adjusts security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats. TSA is currently testing adjusted screening procedures for carry-on bags and other accessible property at about a dozen select U.S. airports, with the potential to expand to other airports nationwide.

At these airports, travelers will be asked to place electronics larger than a cell phone in a bin separately for X-ray screening. TSA officers may also advise travelers to place other carry-on items separately in a bin. Although, passengers may experience more bag checks, we are testing quicker and more targeted procedures at these locations.”

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